For friends and family: Myths and facts about infertility

In our last post, we offered some suggestions from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, about how to talk to those struggling with infertility. In this post, we address some of the myths and facts about that struggle.

Among the myths are:

  • Infertility is a woman’s problem
  • Everyone else gets pregnant easily
  • If you relax, you’ll get pregnant
  • If you adopt, then you’ll get pregnant
  • You must be doing something wrong

The facts are that these, and many other myths, are simply not true. For instance, infertility is a female problem in 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35% of the cases, a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases, and unexplained in 10% of cases. And you are not alone—about 5 million people in the U.S. struggle with infertility. And you are not doing anything wrong; infertility is not a sex problem, it’s a medical problem.

RESOLVE busts a total of 14 myths like these. Learn the truth at their web page and click on Myths and Facts About Infertility. When you’re done, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions by posting a comment in the Reply box, below.

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